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This Day in Texas History: Texas Declares Independence from Mexico

This Day in Texas History: Texas Declares Independence from Mexico March 02, 1836 On this day in 1836, Texas became a republic. On March 1 delegates from the seventeen Mexican municipalities of Texas and the settlement of Pecan Point met at Washington-on-the-Brazos to consider independence from Mexico. George C. Childress presented a resolution calling for…
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This Day in Texas History: Colt Patents the “Gun That Won the West”

This Day in Texas History: (from the Texas State Historical Association archives) Colt Patents the “Gun That Won the West” February 25, 1836 On this day in 1836, Samuel Colt of Hartford, Connecticut patented the Colt revolver. This invention, along with windmills and barbed wire, brought order to the Great Plains. It was eventually produced in numerous…
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This Day in Texas History: Texas Congress is History; Texas Legislature In Place

This Day in Texas History: (from the Texas State Historical Association archives) Texas Congress is History; Texas Legislature In Place February 19, 1846 On this day in 1846, the First Legislature of the state of Texas convened in Austin. The flag of the Republic of Texas was lowered, and the flag of the United States was raised.…
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Today’s Notable Texan: John Neely Bryan

Today’s Notable Texan: John Neely Bryan John Neely Bryan (1810–1877), Indian trader, farmer, lawyer, and founder of Dallas, son of James and Elizabeth (Neely) Bryan, was born on December 24, 1810, in Fayetteville, Tennessee. He attended Fayetteville Military Academy and after reading law was admitted to the Tennessee bar. Around 1833 he moved to Arkansas,…
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This Day in Texas History: Republic of Texas Passes Legislation Regarding Free Blacks

This Day in Texas History: (from the Texas State Historical Association archives) Republic of Texas Passes Legislation Regarding Free Blacks February 05, 1840 On this day in 1840, the Congress of the Republic of Texas passed the Law of February 5. Though there were relatively few free blacks in the republic, legislators concerned over the status of…
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This Day in Texas History: Republic of Texas Authorizes Ill-fated Peters Colony

This Day in Texas History: (from the Texas State Historical Association archives) Republic of Texas Authorizes Ill-fated Peters Colony February 04, 1841 On this day in 1841, the Republic of Texas passed a law authorizing the president to enter into an empresario contract with William S. Peters of Pennsylvania and his associates. The contract required Peters to…
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This day in Texas History: Death of “Cattle King” Touches off Family Financial Scandal

This day in Texas History: (from the Texas State Historical Association archives) Death of “Cattle King” Touches off Family Financial Scandal January 25, 1919 On this day in 1919, rancher C. C. (Lum) Slaughter died, precipitating a tangled family financial scandal. Born in 1837 in Sabine County, Lum Slaughter claimed to be the first male child born…
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This day in Texas History: A Connecticut Yankee in Texas

This day in Texas History: (from the Texas State Historical Association archives) A Connecticut Yankee in Texas January 17, 1821 On this date in 1821, the government of New Spain granted Moses Austin a permit to settle 300 families in Texas. This momentous agreement began the process of Anglo-American colonization in the future state. The elder Austin…
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